We checked out the new Planet Granite in San Francisco’s Crissy Field during the Blue Angel weekend. The view from inside of the gym was breathtaking. The entire bay, from Golden Gate Bridge, to Alcatrez, to the skyline of downtown SF were captured by those floor to ceiling glass windows of this “Glass Palace”.
Only today did we experience what it was like to climb in a glass palace.
As you laid back from the edge of the rock, or were hanging on the rope to take a break, you could enjoy the view of the bay, of alcatrez, of the bridge or the sail, or people jogging along the waterfront. It felt like climbing outdoors.
The routes were excellent, the “rock” textures and its curvature are always my favorite. It is so much more interesting than mission cliff’s plain straight up and down flat surface. The soaring heights are a bit intimidating. My being so out of shape didn’t help. But i really enjoyed the bouldering and the last crack route. Another attraction of this place it is expensive bouldering areas, they seem to be everywhere and so many interesting terrains.
The best feature of this Planet Granite is its location with its breathtaking view, the worst feature of this Planet Granite is its location, which is so far north in the city and there is hardly any easy public transportation near by. It took us over 30 minutes to get to it from Gui’s place. Now i wish this place had been here when we were living in NOPA. Would have been so much closer. I could imagine myself drop in for an hour or so bouldering in the morning, or the evening…
Today we could enjoy the gym almost completely to ourselves because i took the day off. Not sure how often I could do this. But i would try to come more often and enjoy what this amazing place has to offer. Looking forward to get back to climbing…hmmm…sweaty palms…
Plante Granite * San Francisco
924 Old Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94129
t. (415) 692 – 3434
f. (415) 692 – 3443
Monday – Friday: 6am – 11pm
Saturday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 8am – 6pm